Your highlight reel is one of the most important aspects when it comes to securing a scholarship in the U.S.

It is important that you express yourself on the pitch as well as demanding a high standard from your teammates as the tempo of the game is noticed by the coaches. 

Below are some guidelines as to what US coaches are looking for in players.

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Scroll down and select your preferred position for advice on what to do in order to stand out to help you get recruited


Variety of distribution

  • – Throwing  (both overarm and underarm) 
  • – Kicking (both from hands and off the ground)

Shot stopping

  • – Reaction saves
  • – Handling 
  • – Organising after saving 
  • – Organisation in general

Catching from crosses

  • – Confidence in collection
  • – Commanding area 



Full Back


  • – Quality on the ball 
  • – Overlapping
  • – High quality crossing
  • – Quality passing on the ball 
  • – Good touches
  • – Decisions on when to go and when to stay 


  • – Successful 1v1
  • – Strong tackles
  • – Defensive heading
  • – Defensive positioning 
  • – Recoveries

Centre Back


  • – Strong tackles
  • – Defensive headers 
  • – Positioning 
  • – Communicating
  • – Recoveries 

On the ball

  • – Range of passing
  • – Penetrating passing to attackers
  • – Vision
  • – Attacking headers
  • – Travelling with the ball (when the time is right)

Centre Midfield

Defensive Midfield

  • – Defending positions
  • – Tackling
  • – Winning the ball
  • – Range of passing 
  • – Forward passing 
  • – Controlling the game 
  • – Vision

Box to Box Midfielder 

  • – Show how you can cover ground in defence and attack
  • – Getting on the ball and creating opportunities 
  • – Range of passing
  • – Forward passes
  • – Shots on goal
  • – Breaking lines of the defence

Attacking Midfield

  • – Creating opportunities
  • – Scoring goals
  • – Creating space/find space
  • – Breaking the lines and playing forward passes
  • – Drive with the ball
  • – Body position when receiving the ball 
  • – Decision making



  • – 1v1 ability to take players on and express yourself
  • – Vision of passing
  • – Positioning 
  • – Creating chances and scoring goals
  • – Being direct 
  • – Not being predictable. Sometimes come inside, other times stay outside 


  • – Following runners 
  • – Recovery runs


  • – Scoring goals
  • – Hold up play with back to goal and defender pressing 
  • – Bringing other players into play
  • – Defending from the front
  • – Working hard off the ball
  • – Creating chances
  • – Driving with the ball
  • – Taking players on
  • – Decision making – when to shoot and when to lay off 

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Lewis Chambers

Colorado State University-Pueblo, Colorado

The transition from Hamworthy United (Wessex Premier) to Colorado State University-Pueblo has been life changing. If I went to university in England I would have probably stopped playing football. In America it is central to everything they do, I currently train four or five days a week, that was a massive factor in my decision. I am currently studying towards a Business Management Degree and coming to grips how my student commitments come first.
Competing within the NCAA is a huge step but I am quite extrovert, so it suits my personality. This experience is just another stepping stone towards fulfilling my dream of having a good time and playing football! I get on really well with the Head Coach of the soccer program apart from when he mentions my childhood team - Crystal Palace!

Emma Angari

Walsh University, Ohio

I have successfully graduated from Walsh University with a Nursing degree (2017). I was apart of the women's soccer team for four year, winning awards and accolades throughout my time. Since then, I have coached at my high school team and also work in hospitals throughout Ohio. I am open to sharing my experiences with aspiring student-athletes who want to make the transition to the U.S.

Simon Van Rheeden

Mid-America Christian University, Oklahoma.

I came across Soccer Assist after completing my Sophomore season at NCAA II Auburn University as I was looking for a new challenge in a different location. Soccer Assist has now helped me transfer to Mid-America Christian University in the NAIA where I will finish my bachelors degree and improve my soccer skills. I was born and raised in the Netherlands but decided to move to the USA as I knew the experience would be invaluable. I have thoroughly enjoyed my years in the USA as I have met many great people, visited many states and am now a part of a competitive soccer team.

Ellisha Clough

Mississippi University for Women



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